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Serie A giants Milan are reportedly in “advanced negotiations” for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, eyeing a loan with an option to purchase.

Sky Italia reported the news, adding general manager Leonardo has made it clear the club can’t afford to bring in a big-money signing.

Leonardo made the comments discussing Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, one of their supposed midfield targets, per AS:

Bakayoko could be a cheaper alternative, providing a loan deal with an option can be made. The former Monaco man only joined the Blues last summer, but he’s been a flop in the English capital and isn’t regarded as someone who would suit the playing style of new coach Maurizio Sarri

This could be a deal that suits all parties: Milan would address their midfield depth without spending money they don’t have, and Bakayoko’s chances of finding playing time would be far greater in the Milan.

Meanwhile, Chelsea would clear the midfielder off their books, getting rid of a player who no longer seems to have a future at the club. They spent big on his potential a year ago, but with a new manager in charge, some turnover was always expected.

Chelsea have until Thursday to find a potential replacement. The Serie A transfer window stays open past the Premier League’s deadline, however, so a deal for Bakayoko could still be completed after that.

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